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. >> obama has been commander in chief for the past four years. >> romney is coming off of a strong debate performance against president obama. >> i asked him with white 23 million americans out of work, he spent the first two years fighting for obama care instead of them. >> he insisted it was not the real obama or his policies that might-- the real romney or his politics that night. >> he did a superb acting job. >> the present pope a little fun at himself at an l.a. concert featuring stars like steve wonder. >> they just performed flawlessly night after night. i cannot always say the same. [laughter] >> now the pressure is on for the vice-presidential candidates to perform as they go head to head later this week. nd ryan based on thursday night in kentucky. and >> thank you. an amber alert issued in colorado. details on the missing child. a move on the massachusetts firm >> covering the nation, police in central colorado are looking for a break in the search for a missing 10-year-old girl. just a bridge way was reported missing after she failed to show up for school. -- jessica bridgewa
the election. >> we cannot afford four mario's of barack obama. >>-- we cannot afford four more years of barack obama. >> the good news is we probably would not go over the fiscal cliff. congress will hammer out some kind of a deal between november 6 and the end of the year. >> how close are we to that kind of plan? >> a group of senators have come together to try to hammer out some kind of a deal. if that were to happen, congress would put off those tax hikes and spending cuts that are supposed to go into effect next year and institute for dollars chilean in savings by making cuts to some federal programs -- $4 trillion in savings by making cuts to some federal programs. >> thank you, hallie jackson. >> the american league east crown is still up for grabs. it was a tight game between the orioles and the tampa bay rays. chris giminez takes wei-yin chen out. chris davis continues to swing a hot bat for the o's. hort.he o's come up s they are now one game behind new york. comes too late tiebreaking game, tickets for that game go on sale today. season ticket holders can buy them between 10:00 a.m.
people have been dealing with this obama economy over the last four years. i think we need to talk to the american people about how we can do better with his path to prosperity. >> for weeks, the two candidates have painstakingly prepared. now the real test. >> the message that comes out of the debate will be important. is it is basically a stalemate, i do not think it changes the opinion. whereas if the message is that romney did really well, that will reach and have a persuasive effect. >> the debate will be split up into several set -- segments. we have heard that the president has won the coin toss, which means he is the first question. >> thank you. in addition to the debate, both campaigns have announced new debate with sites where they will be responding to opponent claims in real time. and you can download our commitment 2012 app for your coverage. you can tune in to watch the debate tonight. it begins at 9:00. >> ok, cue the dream sequence. a chance for orioles magic tonight against the tampa bay rays. pete gilbert joins us live from st. petersburg. this is its. >> you are
and passion for two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for jobs for the american people. >> we did work on this alongside working on jobs because this is part of making sure that middle class families are secure in this country. >> reporter: a substantial debate. no zingers. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, denver. >>> all right. so how did the candidates do? well, post debate instant polls reveal that most voters believe mitt romney did better than president obama. a cnn orc poll shows that 67% of registered voters who watched the debate chose mr. romney as the winner while 25% chose mr. obama. a cbs snap poll showed that 45% identified mitt romney while 22% said barack obama won and 32% called it a tie. the candidates tangled over taxes and figures of cuts or increases. andrea mitchell looked into the truth behind the rhetoric of both candidates. >> let me repeat what i said. i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. that's not my plan. my plan is not to put in place any tax cut that will add to the deficit. >> reporter: romney has proposed making the bush tax cuts permanent
. >> in policy, obama has been commander in chief in the last four years. >> romney is coming off of what most observers agree is a small debate performance by president obama. >> 23 million americans out of work struggling to find a good job. he spent the first two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for them. >> the obama team insisted it was not the real mitt romney or the policies that night. >> this is dishonest. >> not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. >> not going to take away from his theatrical performance. he did a superb job. he did everything but learn a tap dance. >> the president poked a little fun at himself at a concert. >> they perform flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> but now the pressure is on for the vice presidential candidates to perform as they go head-to-head later this week. >> vice president biden and representative paul ryan face off thursday night in kentucky. in washington, i'm hallie jackson, wbal-tv 11 news. >> 5:38, 48 degrees at the airport. smoking can cause lung cancer. it's not so simple how your genes can complicat
in the middle east. >> obama has been commander in chief for the last four years. >> romney is coming off what most agree is a strong debate performance against president obama. >> i asked him, for instance, why it was with 23 million americans out of work or struggling to find a good job, he spent the first two years fighting for obama care instead of fighting for them. >> the obama team insists it was not the real mitt romney or the policies. >> this is dishonest. >> not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. >> mitt did a superb acting job. he did everything but learn a tap dance. >> the president poked a little fun at himself at an l.a. concert featuring stars like stevie wonder. >> they performed flawlessly night after night. i can't always say the same. >> but now, the pressure is on for the vice presidential candidates to perform ashey go head-to-head later this week. >> back live here in dc. and, yeah, vice president biden and representative paul ryan face off on thursday night in kentucky. anticipation for that on both sides. >> what can we expect to see in that debate? >> it's going to l
are touting the fund-raising tallies. $181 million for obama in september, the most for either side this year. with romney collecting more than 12 million following the debate. >> both sides will have a tremendous amount of money down the final stretch of this campaign, particularly that obama $181 million. that's going to allow them potentially to compete almost one to one with all of that republican outside money. >> reporter: still, romney is facing lingering questions about some of his recent assertions. >> number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. >> reporter: including his argument that his health care plan would cover people who already have medical problems. that decision would be left to the state. that explanation was quickly picked up by president obama at a rally in northern virginia friday. >> governor romney was fact-checked by his own campaign. >> reporter: to counter opponents' effort as an out of touch executive, romney shifted to tell more of his own life story, including his friendship with a 14-year-old diagnosed with leukemia. >> there's a saying, cle
buried the last four years. >> reporter: the republicans jumped on that. buried by obama? >> vice president biden said just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree. that means we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: that's the kind of zinger sure to be heard at debate number one. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, denver, colorado. >>> of course tonight nbc is going to have complete coverage of this first presidential debate. it will be anchored by brian williams along with the best political team in the business. it all starts at 9:00 p.m. eastern, 6:00 p.m. pacific. >>> elsewhere, a judge in pennsylvania has blocked the state's stricter voter i.d. law from taking effect this november. after weeks of protests, the ruling means voters in pennsylvania will not have to show a state approved i.d. to cast ballots on election day. the judge said he was concerned that the law could prevent some people from voting. stricter voter i.d. laws in four states remain, but tougher laws
the medicare trust fund by eight years, benefits were not affected at all, and ironically, if you repeal obama care, and i have become fond of this term, obama care, if you repeal it, what happens is those seniors right away are going to be paying $600 more in prescription care. they're now going to have to be paying co-pays for basic checkups that can keep them healthier. and the primary beneficiary of that repeal are insurance companies that are estimated to gain billions of dollars back when they aren't making seniors any healthier. and i don't think that's the right approach when it comes to making sure that medicare is stronger over the long term. >> we'll talk about -- specifically about health care in a moment. but do you support the voucher system, governor? >> what i support is no change for current retirees and near-retirees to medicare. and the president supports taking $716 billion out of that program. >> what about the vouchers? >> that's number one. >> all right. >> number two is for people coming along that are young. what i do to make sure that we can keep medicare in place for
million people tuned in for the first obama-mccain face-off of that presidential year. keeping a close eye on the candidates -- fact checkers. >> somebody once said that what we should do in a debate is be off stage and if a candidate lies, i should come on stage and slap them across the face. unfortunately, it's not that immediate. >> it takes a little longer, which is why a full staff will work throughout the night to see who is telling the truth and who's not. >> many folks will not listen to 90 minutes of this debate, but they will listen to three or four sound bites that are the best. it is critical for the candidates to get those right. >> that was hallie jackson reporting. anthony anderson died shortly after his arrest. police say they caught him in the middle of a drug deal. the medical examiner's report lists the cause of death as blunt force trauma with a ruptured spleen and ruptured ribs -- and broken ribs. >> they power drive him into the ground on his neck and head. >> they said he did not want to go to jail. he was handcuffed and suffering and he died. we want these officers
and was promised three years ago and is below eight, 7.8. is it enough to give obama a reshot of momentum? >> it's certainly a boost. is it a sugar high? these numbers bounce around. chris: good for the next month, though. >> good for the next month but the final judgment will come the weekend before the election. if this ends up being revised upward and, you know, there is a problem right before election day, look, the job creation number is still anemic. we're still bouncing along on the ground of 1.9% g.d.p. so economic growth is still very slow. but certainly it is a great talking point for the president and on the face of it, more people are participating. they haven't given up, you have a percent of people joining the labor force trying to get jobs. and it is a good number. >> the numbers for july and august were both revised way upward. chris: it could have been so much worse. >> they have a trend here where we're going to gain at least 100,000 jobs a month. >> but a lot of the creation was in government jobs and that's something the republicans will jump on and manufacturing is still rea
a single small businessman or woman who believes that the next four years under obama will be good. i don't know a single small businessman or woman who expects to hire a lot more people if obama wins the election. i travel a lot. these are not conspiracy theories. they get up every day and look at taxes and what is the cost of the health insurance and the market going to be like. and they are all overwhelmly -- they have surveyed their members. >> i want to advance this from the economy to the aftermath of the debate. the cover of the noe"the new yo mitt romney eastwooding, debating an empty chair. simple question. what happened? this couldn't have been the game plan for this president to go in and by all accounts underperform against a guy whose back was against the wall, who faced a make or break debate. >> look, david, it's not rocket science to believe that the president was disappointed in the expectations that he has for himself. but, look, i think part of that was because as i said earlier we met a new mitt romney. we met a mitt romney that wanted to walk away from the central the
and president obama. >> he will ultimately have to raise taxes on middle income taxes by $4,000 a year. >> reporter: since last week's debate, which romney is widely regarded as having won, both sides argued the other was dishonest. >> he was a little taken aback at the brazenness with which governor romney walked away from so many of the positions on which he's run. >> reporter: their truth war now on tv. >> not telling the truth about mitt romney's tax plan. >> this was dishonest. >> i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. >> the governor knows his $5 trillion tax cut isn't too popular, so a few weeks before the election, he's trying to pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: president obama at a star-studded fundraising concert, heads to san francisco today with romney's poll numbers improving. >> they're looking very good. >> reporter: after the debate, romney is within two points of the president. and tomorrow, both candidates head to ohio, battleground ohio, where early voting is already under way. tomorrow is the last day to register to vote there. veronica? >> thank you. mitt
. >> they will meet again to talk domestic and foreign policy in less than two weeks. >> obama has been commander in chief for the last four years. he also killed bin laden. those two things together give him a natural advantage going into the next debate. >> tracey mitchell, wbal-tv 11 news. >> see the five things learned from the debate and the fallout from the sesame street comment in our commitment 2012 smart phone app and at >> up next, the feds make a big bust. details on how they claim several medical professionals cheated the insurance program. >> a new twist on an old classic. the computer virus targeting maryland residents. >> all comes back in full force over the weekend. right now is relatively mild. 63 at the principal of perry hall high school shared his memories of that terrible day where a shooting and a school at the student critically injured. topics at the annual state school conference range from bullying. >> i would be lying if i set every time i think of it i do not get emotions welling up because it was so emotional during that day. >> daniel borowy is still rec
the unemployment rate below 8% for the first time in nearly four years. the news is good for job- seekers, but also for president obama, who is trying to maintain his lead in the bulls after a week debate. >> september's unemployment rate delivered president obama a pre-election gift. this is the first time it has been below 8% during his presidency. >> we know there is still that willingness for all of us to see that more people are put but to work. in this particular report, i am happy to see that we have continued growth. >> employers added 114,000 jobs in september. the numbers shocked analysts, who predicted the jobless rate would stay around 8% and possibly grow. >> this is a big report. >> president obama called the report proved that the economy is improving under his policies. >> we have made too much product progress to return to the policies that led to the crisis in the first place. >> mitt romney launched a tv ad that the recovery is too slow. even economists seem hesitant, pointing of the the number of new jobs created each month has been decreasing since july. this report a positive
plans forward. they want to know what the president will do over the course of the next four years. >> reporter: with polls showing mr. obama leading in the swing states top aides encouraged the president to be himself, don't change what's working one senior adviser said. for his part romney's advisers say he's prepared, that he just needs to convey his message clearly on the biggest stage of his political career. and throughout the primary debates, brian, mitt romney would write his father's name, george romney on the top of his notepad, his father being his inspiration. he'd write "o" to remind him to focus on plb president obama. but tonight he probably won't need any reminders. >> peter alexander, thanks. >>> now over to our political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd also at that time venue tonight. chuck, what's the task for both sides, for both men? >> reporter: well, i can tell you that both campaigns view it this way. the candidate that's spent more time litigating the other guy's plans will feel as if they're winning. the campaign that feels like spe
about oil. here's obama. >> the oil industry gets $4 billion a year in corporate welfare. now does anybody think that exxonmobil needs some extra money when they're making money every time you go to the pump? >> you think that exxon would have gotten hit today, right? it rallied 52 cents. some can argue that is because the market senses a romney victory. no way. exxon is just bigger than any president. here is romney on oil. >> your administration cut the number of permits and licenses in half. if i'm president, i'll double them. >> we aren't going to make money buying federal lands. but if more were opened, it would be a bonanza for the oil service industry. don't outthink this, people. schlumberger and national oil well varco will get the most number of profits from expanded federal land drilling. obama has never a fan of the banks. you don't want to overweight the group on his re-election. listen to this confused clip from romney. >> we have to have regulation in wall street. that's why i'd have regulation. but i wouldn't designate five banks as too big to fail and give them a b
. president obama and republican rival mitt romney have honed their skills with more mock debates than any other candidates in recent years. romney campaigns in denver today while the president makes appearances in las vegas. meantime, the most closely watched senate race in the nation is heating up in massachusetts. republican scott brown and democratic rival elizabeth warren faced off in their first debate last night. >>> the faa is investigating why passenger seats came loose on three different american airlines flights. the latest incident happened monday aboard a new york to miami flight. on saturday a similar problem forced a boston to miami flight to make an emergency landing and american says that same plane was involved in a loose seat incident last week which they thought had been fixed. fortunately no one on the flights was hurt. both of the boeing 757s involved had recently gone through maintenance that involved moving the seats. american says there could be a problem with the way the seats fit into the tracks on the floor. >>> a u.s. special forces soldier has died this mornin
a five-year-old video in a move the obama campaign call desperate. >>> nbc news investigates why the smoke detector in your home may not work in a fire. a report that could save you and your family. >>> and online attack. on-air response. a local news anchor takes to the airwaves to fire back at a viewer who slammed her for her weight. >> well, you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside, and i am much more than a number on a scale. >> we'll talk to her today, wednesday, october 3rd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm david gregory in for matt this morning. if you love politics, this is it. the stage is set. the first big presidential debate. the showdown in denver between president obama and republican challenger mitt romney. you know romney is looking for a new look and, of course, the president is trying to avoid the incumbent trap of trying to appear arrogant or underprepared. a lot
on november. >> reporter: the romney campaign says it's taken in $12 million in campaign cash. while the obama campaign reported a record monthly haul, $181 million in september, tops for either campaign this year. in his weekly address the president touted another september number, the unexpected drop in the jobless rate. >> friday we learned the unemployment rate is at its lowest level since i took office. more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> reporter: and in case you like your politics a bit more tongue-in-cheek -- >> that is how you are preparing, prepping for the rumble with chicken? >> that's right. >> reporter: two tv warriors squared off in their own rhetorical throwdown. john stewart left leading host of "the daily show" and took on bill o'reilly, the conservative host of fox, and what they joke as the battle in the air-conditioned building. >> this man here has offended every single american. >> reporter: it was plagued by a feed that reportedly froze. when things did get going, the pair needled each other over everything from foreign policy.
of loose seats on american airlines flights. >>> political showdown. president obama and mitt romney hunker down for their high stakes debate in denver. >>> and bumpy ride. a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and a 10-year-old philadelphia boy is arrested after swiping and crashing a van. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with air scare. suspicion is swirling around american airlines after two flights in three days were returned to new york's jfk airport. the reason, passenger seats came loose on both planes. the first incident occurred on a flight from miami to boston. >> during flights, passenger seats came loose out of the floor. passengers are unable to sit in that seat. >> the federal aviation administration says seating in both plains had undergone maintenance. they have grounded eight 757s for inspection. >>> to politics where president obama and rival mitt romney will not be campaigning today, opting instead to prep for the first of the three debates that they will have starting tomorrow
between four years ago and this time. >> the democrats say he has to be specific. >> americans are looking for details and i think he will seek president obama continue to do that. >> president obama is three points ahead with likely voters with mitt romney gaining ground. >> those voters are likely to be hispanic and ages 29 or so. as a consequence of this being slightly older and less hispanic, it moves to the direction of mitt romney. >> mitt romney is closing the gap in virginia and florida but not ohio where the president is maintaining a strong lead going into the debate tonight. despite what we found in our own nbc poll, 60 million people are expected to watch tonight. > >> good afternoon, after a dreary start to the day, it looks like things are breaking up a little bit through lunchtime. 76 degrees at the airport right now. we have been able to warm up a few degrees and we can see the warming trend into the aft end with a high temperature at 81 degrees. there will be a few peaks of sunshine. there could be a sprinkle in the afternoon or evening but it won't be a big deal. most are
and republicans who picked obama last time. in 2008, who did you vote for? >> obama. >> reporter: and this year? >> romney. >> reporter: valerie and robert herman voted obama in '08 but call themselves undecided now. >> frankly i still don't really know what i'm going to do. >> there are disappointments, disappointments about where he said he would be today and we're not there, and my general enthusiasm has waned for him. >> reporter: many voters here say they are feeling the pressure that their votes could swing the state. >> elections are always tense, but it just seems like more people are very distressed about the outcome of this one. >> i feel so privileged i think to be a hamilton county voter and to have that spotlight hon what we're doing. >> reporter: and local democrats tell me that their enthusiasm was slower to develop this year, but they think they have got it now. while republicans say they want to drive up as many votes as they can, not only to win the county but to offset some of the support the president has elsewhere in the state. the candidates are here, it seems, almost ever
both men have the facts down cold. one of them, after all, has been president for four years. the other has been running for longer than that. barack obama and mitt romney are both nearing the end of intense debate prep, and coaching sessions. and at this point, they're designed either to create or prevent that moment that we've all seen that can somehow change the race. and with millions of americans watching these debates like a kind of super bowl of american politics, the stakes are high as the two men face each other in denver, just two days from now. we begin tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our d.c. newsroom. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. it is the political super bowl, or perhaps the world series. mitt romney, behind in all battleground polls for the last three weeks, now has the most to gain from a game-changing night. and the most to lose if he doesn't turn it around. as the candidates head to debate camp, rolling up their sleeves, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he pla
four more years of where we've been. i represent a different path. >>> president obama meantime tries to seize the moment as early voting begins around the country, offering a closing argument. >> when i took office, we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in a rut. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. >> this morning, the state of the race. a debate preview, and a look at the issues that will sway undecided voters. with us, republican governor of new jersey, the keynoter at the gop convention, chris christie. and for the obama campaign, the architect of his 2008 run, now white house senior adviser david plouffe. finally, insights and analysis from our political roundtable. joining us, conservative activist and founder of the faith and freedom coalition ralph reed. former democratic governor of pennsylvania ed rendell. anchor of bbc's "world news america" katty kay. and our chief white house correspondent and political director chuck todd. >>> good sunday morning. with both sides in full preparation mode for wednesday's first presidential deb
. >> president obama was relaxed this week. mitt romney, too, but he knows he has to change perceptions tonight. more voters see romney negatively than positively, and that loses elections. >> only two presidential candidates in the last 20 years have had a net negative image at this point and one of them lost, george h. w. bush, ann romney needs to improve that dynamic. >> romney got good news from three battlegrounds. in florida, he is down only by one. . still way behind in ohio peeling -- in florida, he is down only by one. he is still way behind in ohio. in virginia, he is behind by two. >> the idea that i am anti- immigrant is repulse of. do not use a term like that. >> even barack obama can sound like a professorial know what all. >> i understand the broader point senator cohen has been trying to make for the last several weeks. >> 90 minutes, no breaks, a back and forth on domestic issues with possible fireworks. >> i think you'll see both of them be more aggressive than either of their campaigns have predicted, because the stakes are pretty high. >> the contest could get tighter after
ahead of wednesday's debate showdown. making his eighth trip this year, the western battleground of nevada, president obama rallied supporters in las vegas sunday night. >> i believe in you. and i ask you to keep on believing in me. i'm asking for your vote. i'm asking you to stand with me. >> reporter: the president is gripping on to a small lead in the swing states, including iowa, where a new poll shows mitt romney trailing by four points. analysts say romney needs to change the trajectory of the race. but his running mate, paul ryan insists, he's not concerned, even while acknowledging campaign mistakes. >> we've had some miss steps, but at the end of the day, the choice is really clear and we're giving people a clear choice. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: for days, both sides have been tamping down debate expectations. >> we expected all along that governor romney will have a good night. he's prepared more than any candidate in history. and he's shown himself to be a very, very good debater through the years. >> sometimes we expect a maj
makers. the numbers i take at face value your honor obama and the same way i did for the republicans in power the previous eight years. this is like the criticism i received from hilda solis, it was considered softball. why i didn't ask her why she isn't following up on governor romney's idea, we might create 4 million jobs. that's hardball, not softball. what's good is good, no matter who is in office. those numbers were good. not much more to it anyone who says i am being partisan is out of their mind. what a shame that the charge can be even made, let alone made by people i respect. honestly, people, more to life than who wins in november. stay with cramer. so, we all set? i've got two tickets to paradise! pack your bags, we'll leave tonight. uhh, it's next month, actually... eddie continues singing: to tickets to... paradiiiiiise! no four. remember? whoooa whooaa whooo! you know ronny, folks who save hundreds of dollars by switching to geico sure are happy. and how happy are they jimmy? happier than eddie money running a travel agency. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could
news for president obama. unemployment fell to its lowest level since he took office. >>> we're going to look at what's driving the higher prices. >> a story of a miraculous recovery. a 23-year-old woman's brush with death when her skull was separated from her spine in a car accident. she'll be here to tell us how doctors were able to help her survive. >> it's called an internal decapitation. it was gruesome. it's amazing. it's really a wonderful story. then we're going switch gears. lester and i went to jamaica over the summer for work. i don't want to just hang out on the beach all day. look how create lester looks? i decided to give lester holt a workout he would never forget. >> yeah. i should be out of traction any day now. what part of the word rest don't you understand? >> i just feel like you brag about all the stamina you have. i figured you didn't need rest in the middle of a workout. >> 100 degrees out there. >> 19 minutes of fun for him. 60 minutes of fun for me. we're going to start with politics, though. presidential politics. can a better than expected employment report
these -- >> wear them year round. >> until they grow out of them. >> over here let's talk about stuff for the little ones. >> baby wunsies. babies for obama. >> okay. >> and i'm so cute i could be a republican, all different one, i'm a wee-publican. >> adorable. >> these are reversible pillow, the set is $50. something to add to the house if you're having an election party. >> if you're having a party and want some speakers and need good autoaudio. actually these you can switch them out. >> this is a year round investment. this is blue tooth speakers so put any different skins on the outside. obama, romney and buy these separately. it comes with one, and then can you switch it out. we have you there after the election if you want a natalie speaker, or i have down here, kathie lee and hoda, matt, al. just a great gift and great also for tailgating if you're a sports fan. >> okay. i like this for your home to decorate, cutting board. >> great for the kitchen, great house warming gift, $22 to $40 on >> love when you end with the sweets on
night. good evening. >> good evening to you. when president obama and mitt romney step on the stage behind me tomorrow night, it's going to be the first time they've seen each other face to face in nearly five years. to give you a sense of just how crucial his performance is, romney aids brought podiums into his hotel conference room late today to help him simulate the real thing. fueling up for an afternoon study session today. >> governor, are you ready for tomorrow? >> i'm getting there. >> reporter: he's been practicing 12kizingers to sharp critique the president, may have gotten help from an unlikely ally. vice president joe biden today. >> hugh they can justify raising taxes on the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify raising their taxes. >> the romney campaign seized on that comment. arguing the president's policies have hurt the middle class. taking a breather from his preparations outside las vegas today. he visited the hoover dam. >> it's spectacular and i've never seen it before. >> reporter: aides say he's been calling his
showalter getting serious consideration for manager of the year. >> 71 degrees at the airport. a new proposal could have to pay more for electricity. >> we are loading more about the officers involved in the death of a drug suspect. >> president obama and mitt romney trade shots in the first presidential debate. who came out on top? >> we have a new accident and will check for the problem on 95 in the southbound direction. >> ava marie previewing the urban chic fashion show. details >> you're watching wbal-tv 11. live, local, late-breaking. this is 11 news today at 6:00 a.m. >> good morning. welcome back to 11 news today. i'm stan stovall. >> and i'm mindy basara. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. how long is the wet weather going to stick around? >> there are some light rain showers this morning. give yourself a couple of extra minutes. it will be a warm day. low 7's. we will make it up to 81. the humidity will go down -- low 70's. more in just a few minutes. stay with us. >> let the spin begin. abundance are analyzing every word and phrase. >> we will break down last night's
jumps in years. according to aaa the average price for a gallon of regular is $4.49. >>> a drop in the unemployment rate is giving president obama some ammunition to recover from his weak debate performance. for the first time in his presidency the jobless rate is below 8%. we have more on how both campaigns are using the numbers for their advantage in this morning's commitment 2012 report. >> at a rally in virginia, a smiling president obama took full advantage of the septembers job report. >> more americans entered the work force. more people are getting jobs. >> the unemployment rate fell to 7.8%, marking the first time it's been below 8% during his presidency. >> today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points. >> political points is exactly what mitt romney was going for while talking to voters in virginia. >> this president calls his policies going forward. i call his policies for warned. >> romney said the unemployment rate fell because people gave up. >> when i'm president of the united states, that employment rate
'll make adjustments, his top strategist said. president obama took aim at cutting funds to pbs, the home to big bird. that's less than $100 million a year, just a fraction of the overall federal budget. >> thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird! who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits? elmo's got to watch out. >> reporter: meanwhile, a past presidential nominee, former vice president al gore, who had his own debate struggles, offered this unusual explanation for mr. obama's uninspired performance, blaming the high altitude in denver. >> obama arrived in denver just a few hours before the debate started. romney did his debate prep in denver. when you go to 5,000 feet -- >> exactly. >> -- and you only have a few hours to adjust -- >> that's interesting. >> -- i don't know. >> reporter: after hearing those comments and being asked about them last night mitt romney laughed al gore's answer off. after virginia, savannah, the president will head off to the battleground state of ohio and mitt romney goes to florida where he campaigns this weekend, the presid
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